General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are extending holiday downtime at number of their assembly sites in North America to keep vehicles inventories in check. On the other hand, Chrysler Group is adding production shifts over the holidays at its Ohio and Michigan sites that produce Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups. Most carmakers are planning a downtime on their North American sites starting Dec. 23, 2013 and aim to resume output on Jan. 2, 2014.
According to sources by Automotive News, GM is extending the downtime at the two plants by an extra week after the holidays due to excessive supplies -- Fairfax site in Kansas City, which assembles the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse; and the “flex” line at its Oshawa, Ontario site that builds the Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Camaro.
GM and its dealers had a 148-day supply of LaCrosse models on Dec. 1, 2013, up from 98 days a month ago, according to the Automotive News Data Center. As of Dec. 1, 2013, the Malibu had 71 days of supply (up from 60 days fromNov. 1); the Regal had 99 days (previous: 88 days); XTS had 105 days (previous: 131); and the Camaro had 167 days (previous: 135 days).
Most of GM’s vehicle assembly plants in North America will have a production downtime during the weeks of Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. Most of them will resume production on Jan. 2, 2014, with some still to be down until Monday Jan. 6, 2014.
GM will also implement an additional week of down time at its Wentzville site in Missouri, related to new equipment being installed for production of the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon that will start this summer. Ford is planning to shut down its Cuautitlan site in Mexico, on Jan. 2 and 3, 2014, and the week of Jan. 6, 2014. The site builds the Ford Fiesta subcompact.